Sep 15, 2022

10 Common Reasons Behind Erectile Dysfunction

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Great performance in the bedroom is something every man wants to accomplish, regardless of their age. Unfortunately, personal circumstances can lead to erectile dysfunction (ED), making sexual performance unpredictable, and unsatisfying.

At DFWED, we believe everyone has the right to feel and perform their best. Our shockwave therapy and P-Shot treatments give patients a sexual wellness approach that solves problems and elevates self-confidence.

If you are experiencing reduced sexual desire or difficulty getting or maintaining an erection, check out these 10 common reasons behind it. No matter the root cause DFWED is prepared to help.

1.  Obesity

A person’s body mass index (BMI) could be related to their ED. Obesity is a condition that reduces testosterone and can cause damage to blood vessels that control sexual arousal.

If your BMI is above 28 and you’re experiencing ED, your weight could be the reason behind your issues.

2.  High Blood-Pressure

High blood pressure narrows the body’s arteries and could cause complications during arousal.

Even if you haven’t been diagnosed with high blood pressure, experiencing ED is one of the first signs that you have the condition.

3.  Diabetes

Poorly controlled blood sugar can lead to diabetes and, ultimately, damaged blood vessels. This type of blood vessel damage could influence how your body’s blood flows and whether or not blood makes its way to your penis when needed.

4.  Tobacco Use

According to the Massachusetts Male Aging Study, men who smoke between the ages of 40 and 69 were at increased risk for ED within the next decade.

Smoking impacts your body’s blood vessels and could lead to a decrease of blood in the pelvic region, causing an unfortunate case of ED.

5.  Prescription Medications

As ironic as it is, the prescription medications that help control high blood-pressure, among others can also cause ED.

Some of the most common medications that inhibit bedroom performance are:

  • Beta blockers
  • Thiazides
  • Antidepressants
  • Heartburn medication
  • Antihistamines
  • Diuretics, and more!

6.  Depression

Studies have shown that depression and ED often go hand-in-hand. Having one often leads to developing the other and could create a stressful cycle that leaves one or both of these conditions afflicting your mental and physical health.

7.  Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea isn’t just a life-threatening sleep condition. ED and obstructive sleep apnea are closely related conditions. In fact, studies have shown that getting treatment for sleep apnea could help reduce current ED problems.

8.  Low Testosterone

If you know you have low testosterone, this issue could cause your inability to maintain an erection.

Testosterone is the key hormone that drives sexual activity in men. If you are unaware of your testosterone levels, symptoms beyond ED like visual changes, reduced motivation, depression, and bad memory should prompt you to visit your physician to test your levels.

9.  Low Physical Activity

A sedentary lifestyle often leads to obesity and depression, two causes behind ED. Even a brisk walk every day could be enough to curb ED incidents in the bedroom. However, no activity at all will also lead to no activity when it counts for you and your partner.

10. Red Meat

A tasty steak every now and then won’t hurt. Yet, eating a diet that is too rich in red meat could be detrimental to your sexual health. When most people think of the effects of too much meat in their diet, they think of clogged heart arteries.

The truth is that red meat clogs arteries leading to all organs. So, your carnivorous appetite could be a root cause behind your ED.

When is it Time to See a Doctor?

If ED is just one of several health problems you are experiencing, we always recommend to visit your doctor before taking any extra action.

Some signs that it’s time to visit a doctor about your ED are:

  • Premature ejaculation
  • Delayed ejaculation
  • You know you have diabetes or a heart condition

Say Goodbye to ED With DFWED

If ED is something you’ve realized you’re living with, it’s time to start making some life changes. While some improvements can be made by working on some of the points we’ve described above; sometimes ED is something that just won’t go away without professional help.

Reach out to DFWED today to learn more about our revolutionary P-Shot and shockwave treatments. We’re ready to help you regain your male confidence.